Legends of Wrestling Night a crowd pleaser at Marlins Park

 

jvarsallone@miamiherald.com

Bill Goldberg and The Hart Foundation (Bret The Hitman Hart, Jim The Anvil Neidhart, Jimmy Mouth of the South Hart) headlined a Legends of Wrestling Night on Saturday, Aug. 24 when the Miami Marlins hosted the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park.

The event also featured The Dream Team (Greg The Hammer Valentine and Brutus The Barber Beefcake), Koko B. Ware, The Nasty Boys, Bushwhacker Luke, The Genius (Lanny Poffo), Mr. Anderson (Mr. Kennedy), Chavo Guerrero Jr., Mike Knox, Garett Bischoff, Wes Brisco, Harry Smith and Craig DeGeorge with his old school, light blue WWF TV broadcaster jacket, complete with red WWF logo on the pocket.

Goldberg, a former WCW and WWE superstar, threw out the first pitch to Miami Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler and speared a (planted) heckler. Marlins mascot Billy the Marlin then did some heckling to the woozy heckler.

There was an autograph session on the Promenade Level during the game. Following the game, a Marlins 3-0 victory with rookie sensation Jose Fernandez pitching the shutout, Jimmy Hart and Nasty Boy Knobbs hosted three to four wrestling matches on the West Plaza. DeGeorge, who is Marlins broadcaster Craig Minervini, served as ring announcer and called the matches with Hart.

WWE Hall of Famer Bret The Hitman Hart added commentary during his nephew’s match as Harry Smith, son of the late British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith, wrestled TNA Aces & Eights’ Wes Brisco, son of WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Brisco. Harry and Wes had a really good match.

WWE Hall of Famer Koko B. Ware and Frankie along with Koko’s manager and Frankie’s handler wrestled Chavo Guerrero Jr. from the legendary Guerrero wrestling family.

Brutus The Barber Beefcake wrestled Mike Knox of TNA Aces & Eights. The Barber tried cutting Knox’s beard, but Knox fled the scene. So The Barber cut the referee’s hair.

In the main event, The Nasty Boys (Knobbs and Sags) with legendary manager Jimmy Mouth of the South Hart battled TNA wrestlers Mr. Anderson and Garett Bischoff of Aces & Eights. As it looked like The Nasty Boys were set to win, Brisco and Knox hit the ring to uneven the odds. Hart was prepared for the ambush. Dino and the Mexicutioner (Koehler and fellow Marlins pitcher A.J. Ramos) ran to the ring for the save.

The Mexicutioner (Ramos) tossed Hart’s megaphone to Sags for weapon purposes, and Dino (Koehler) waffled Mr. Anderson with a metal Pepsi sign. Marlins pitchers Henderson Alvarez, Dan Jennings, Cishek and Fernandez watched by ringside, supporting their mound mates. Marlins third baseman Ed Lucas did the same.

Following the victory, Goldberg entered the ring and raised their hands. Goldberg’s family including his mom, Ethel, a Miami resident, enjoyed the event.

The Marlins made each wrestler a customized authentic Marlins jersey with their name and number on the back. The black jerseys looked good.

The Marlins also showed the matches on the giant visiontron in the West Plaza.

Fans had a good time.

•  YouTube video of the Legends of Wrestling Night at Marlins Park

YouTube Jim Varsallone (jimmyv3 channel)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiKfx0YNlIU

Fans

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sYmQ2k3PkU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwSxBlYmzCw

The Nasty Boys with Jimmy Hart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znwyYN-IxSQ

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hitman Hart and Jim The Anvil Neidhart)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e50MhnQeA84

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp9AVKRaEPE

TNA Aces & Eights Wes Brisco and Mike Knox

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__0jtsjq-sw

Brutus The Barber Beefcake

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x83aCbKPEw

Koko B. Ware

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhtMc5e6f7M

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